What Is Fame? And Who Gets to Be Famous?

(This is Part 2 of a series on fame, but each part stands alone. | Part 1 | Part 3)

My interest in fame is partly because I don’t want it, but it is something other people seem to really want.

Social scientists do study the desire for fame. This 2013 Scientific American article recounts a study that found the desire to be seen/valued is the primary motivation people give for wanting fame. Other reasons include a desire for the wealthy lifestyle/social status we associate with fame and, in people with less narcissistic tendencies, a…